I used to LOVE taking pictures and writing, and I did it pretty consistently for a year, but I think perhaps that phase has passed. I'll still do posts every now and again to share a bit of our lives, and while I know I would love to have a record of Linnea's first years in my blog, I don't want to miss precious moments while sitting on the computer and writing either...
Some new mommy updates:
I'm back at work, missing Linnea like crazy but really liking the work I'm doing with the Minnesota GreenCorps. It's nice to finally be challenged and to be using my degree, though it is a bit overwhelming sometimes to get going in the mornings and fitting pumping sessions into my days. So worth it though.
Breastfeeding is going very well now after our initial struggles, and I am surprised at how much I love doing it. I am proud of myself for sticking with it because I know I'm giving Linnea such a gift of health. Who doesn't love something that's free and the perfect food for a baby?
We also LOVE our cloth diapers and find them much more convenient that disposables - as in we NEVER have to run to the store to pick up diapers and wipes, we just have to run downstairs and get them out of the dryer. Linnea has never had diaper rash since we started on them (only in the disposables from the first two weeks) and I can't say enough how much we LOVE LOVE LOVE them. Cloth is the way to go - better for the planet and your budget.
We also LOVE babywearing, and find it super convenient and cozy. I have yet to use a stroller and have no regrets, though I am going to keep myself open to liking a stroller once she is heavier. For now, my 13 pound love bug is content (as am I) being wrapped up in a carrier. One of my goals is to do a carrier review post at some point, because I love different carriers for different reasons. Someday. No promises. (See the pictures below...) PS Babywearing is not a new fad, it is how people have been carrying their babies for age, and as Ross said it's probably just as old as fire, if not older. (Papoose anyone?)
We also finally found a church community we like and decided to join Pilgrim Lutheran in St Paul and we are going to baptize Linnea at the end of the month. It feels so nice to finally be part of a faith community again, though we miss CTS a TON! It was definitely something that I dearly missed in our transition and move to Minnesota.
One more piece of advice: If you are thinking about getting pregnant in the next two years, find your daycare tomorrow and make a deposit. UGH. Vent vent vent vent vent... at any rate...
Here's a little more of what we've been up to:
Loving Bath time! But HATES getting out.
Said goodbye to summer...
First ever canning experience! Homemade marinara sauce with Jenna!
And welcomed in Fall:
Linnea's first Pumpkin Patch - Loving the BabyHawk
And first corn maze... while visiting Pine Tree Apple Orchard. That warm day ended with a picnic on the shores of White Bear Lake with Blake and Jenna and apples, cheese and homemade sourdough bread. Blake's, not mine, but wonderful.
Then 3 month photos! (I'll share 2 month when I get them from the Grandpaparazzi)
Mommy's a Broncos fan...
But Daddy likes the Packers.
Can you believe she was this small?!?!?! Less than a week old...
Until next time... !que le vaya bien!